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Keep out of the kitchen after 8 p.m.

In a Swedish study, researchers found that overweight women pretty much ate the same number of calories throughout the day as healthy-weight women but ate much from 8 p.m. until midnight.

In truth, your kitchen-closed time does not have to be 8 o’clock. Maybe you don’t get home from work till close to 8 and therefore have a late dinner. But do make a pact with yourself not to eat after dinner—unless you’ve budgeted the calories for a reasonable snack, like fruit, a small yogurt, or perhaps even a single Halloween-sized candy bar if you can deal with the temptation of having a bag of the stuff in the house.